Erik Jay Ramsey, of Jay Ramsey Productions was born in Russellville, KY to Puerto Rican parents. Jay always loved music he was highly influenced by the sounds of southern bass. “I remember chillin’ in 'the bottom' with my boys in KY, sitting in the back of a Cadillac or Chevy, listening to the bass rattling from the two 15" speakers wit the 2500 watt amp." says Ramsey.
Jay lived in Kentucky and New York on and off his whole life, before moving to NYC permanently after graduating from a Kentucky high school. After high school he moved to NY where he was determined to become a rapper and/or producer.
To help make ends meet, he began making mix tapes as DJ Chronic Smoke, and selling them on the streets of NYC. There he met Foxy Brown, Q-Tip, and 50 Cent. "I remember feeling so f***** up when I saw 50" says Jay "Because I knew I wanted to be a producer and/or rapper. I knew I would make it some day, but I was still so new to the game, I wasn't ready for it yet, so I just shook his hand." This was another experience that motivated Ramsey to get back to his studio in the corner of his 1 bedroom apartment and continue working on his music.
Although Jay was always interested in rapping, he didn't have the software he needed to record his raps, so he focused mostly on making beats with and for other independent producers and rappers. With all the new elements that he learned, Jay began mixing the sounds of the South (lots of bass), with the piano, and a pinch of East coast flavor. Ramsey began to make music that took him back to his roots, and the reason why he loved music so much.
As Jay's musical repertoire continued to grow, he began networking with other producers, rappers, and some independent artists who wanted to buy Jay's beats, learn how to make their own beats, or just wanted to collaborate. In spring of 2006, he was introduced to an independent producer, Scotty Blanco of Rum Blanc Productions.
Scott, who is orginally from New Rochelle, has worked with artists such as Sadat-X (of Brand Nubian), Brand Nubian, Black Rob, G-Dep , and Nature from The Firm. He is now producing and recording from his White Plains based studio. Jay saw that Scott was using the same software to make beats that he had been practicing with on his Apple, only Scott had the equipment on a larger scale. Recognizing that Jay was really trying to make it in the music world, Scott took him under his wing, teaching him how to use pro tools.
As Jay got more comfortable using Pro Tools, Scott allowed him to record some of his own music, along with other artists. "One Friday Scott couldn't make it to the studio" says Ramsey, "so he asked me to record Sadat X. He needed to record like 4 songs by that Monday. I kept thinking back to songs like; Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down, and Wild Cowboys. I couldn't believe I was in the studio with a legend in rap, recording him. It was an unbelievable feeling." Jay ended up recording 3 songs from Sadat X's most recent album, Black October; The Post, Who You Rollin Wit, and Throw the Ball. He even got his first professional cameo in Sadat's single Throw the Ball.
Throw the ball-Sadat-X Just before Sadat went to jail in October of 2006, he invited Jay to the album release party for Black October. Ramsey was invited back stage where he met Lord Jamal, Greg nice, and chilled with Sadat for the night. "The best part was being able to bring Adam [my cousin from KY, who was getting ready to leave for war in Iraq].
Ramsey's own music production was briefly sidetracked during the spring/summer of 2005 by Jay Ramsey Clothing TM, another one of Ramsey's creative endeavors. Jay Ramsey Clothing TM is an abstract clothing line feautring hoodies, hats, t-shirts, custom painted Air Force Ones and more. Check it out at myspace.com/jayramseyclothing.
Ramsey is now living in Atlanta, ane he is back with the beats, and a solo rap career. His debut album, which will be released this Fall showcases Jay as a producer, writer, and rapper. The album has songs featuring Kingpin SkinnyPimp, and K-Rock, two artists that he always listened to back home in Kentucky.
The album also features collaborations with ClipSmoke, another independent artist and producer from New York. Ramsey says he's "tired of what's coming out and the game needs to be stepped up." To quote a song coming out this October from his debut independent record, Hit Like You Used To “Whassup wit you n*****, you don’t do it like you used to. Ya beats… they don’t hit like they used to. This goes out to you rappers in the game, Your records sound s*****, ya need to step up ya game.”
In closing, Ramsey says “I am fortunate to be strong enough to be able to pursue my dreams. Coming from the small town of Adairville, Kentucky, I feel like I've come such a long way already, and I haven’t even done nothing yet."
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